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Should Girardi be fired if Yanks blow it?

Oct 24, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

I hate off-days during the playoffs.
It’s mind-numbingly boring. It makes the mind wander. It makes
otherwise rational people, like Jesse Spector of the Daily News,
write articles like this:

The Yankees will come home Saturday still leading the ALCS, 3-2, still one win away
from returning to the World Series for the first time since 2003, still
with Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia lined up to pitch them there.

But let’s get this out of the way now, so it’s not a reactionary
thing if the Yankees lose their sixth and seventh consecutive games
with the American League pennant within their grasp: So this is not to say that the Yankees will lose this ALCS, but if they do, Joe Girardi should be fired.

It’s harsh, yes, and it’s not easy to fire a manager coming off a
103-win season, but the burden of a collapse in this series would fall
squarely on Girardi, who has made decisions in both losses that are

Woah, now. I’m all for
accountability, but this is pretty unfair. Nevermind the circumstances
of these hypothetical losses to come. What if Andy Pettitte and CC
Sabathia both lay an egg? That wouldn’t that be their responsibility?
Should Girardi pay for letting A.J. Burnett come out in the seventh in
Game 5 when he had every reason to believe that he was still fresh? His
decision wasn’t “indefensible,” as Spector claims. It was logical.
Consider the alternatives, Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain, who have
been anything but a sure thing during the postseason.

Granted, Girardi has had his moments
of over-managing during this series. I won’t recap them all here, but I’ll never understand why he
pulled Alex Rodriguez for pinch-runner Freddy Guzman in the ninth
inning of Game 5. No explanation can suffice. However, these are small
potatoes compared to what Mike Scioscia got away with by pulling ace
John Lackey with two outs in the seventh of Game 5. Scioscia got lucky.
Girardi didn’t.

Of course, this will all be moot if
the Yankees take one of these next two games, which I fully expect, but
if they manage to blow this thing, his job status
should be a “reactionary thing,” not a hypothetical.

  1. Yaramah - Oct 24, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    There are way too many off days in these playoffs. Seems like an eternity since the regular season ended, even though that was only Oct 3, 3 weeks ago.
    Still you can’t blame a newspaper writer trying to say something controversial. Anything to sell papers will surely help, even if it is completely wrong.

  2. jim - Oct 24, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    i’d fire girardi and I’m a yankee fan, he’s an idiot right now and it’s inexcusable.

  3. Dan - Oct 24, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    It would be in their best interest to at least interview Bobby Valentine should they blow it.

  4. jimirig - Oct 24, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    this whole blog is a good example of why sports sucks anymore. Ur all idiots if ya gotta fuss over an all-star team. Really, explain the fun in this horseshit?

  5. Norman - Oct 24, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    I wonder what you would of said if the last ball of the day was a home run and we ended up winning. I am from South Africa and watch a lot of sport and the one thing that drives me mad is how quickly we want to rid of a coach. If you are in the firing mood get rid of those who selected the coach. Look at Manchester United soccer coach Alex has been with the club for 23 years. He is probably the most successful coach in any sport and he to has had his good and bad years. If you have slected what is termed as the correct coach keep him so that he can mould a good side.

  6. GimmeSomeSteel - Oct 24, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    This whole series has been both poorly played and badly managed by both sides. I see no reason to fire either manager should his team lose, but I certainly see no cause for celebration in their work, especially in the pitching decisions.
    Now, if Girardi can’t get the Yankees to the Series next year, that’s another story.

  7. Old - Oct 24, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    I think the Toltecs had the right idea. There’s a ballcourt in Chichen Itza in Yucatan where Toltec and Toltec-influenced Maya teams played a strange sort of basketball (ringball might be more accurate). The captain of the losing team got his head cut off in sacrifice to whatever gods they thought needed to be appeased when their team lost. There’s even a legend about an incredible game that went on for weeks, and the cacique (Mayan for head honcho) pardoned the captain of the losing team because they had played so well and bravely – whereupon the losing captain, in a fit of indignation, demanded to be sacrificed, as was his…uh…right. Can you imagine Mike Scoscia doing THAT?
    Wonderful carved murals all around the walls of the ballcourt depict epic games ending with celebration on one side and sacrifice on the other. Imagine, now, if these games were on FOX. Champagne…er…pulque being sprayed around in one locker room and the anchors getting saturated with booze, and blood spurting all over the loser’s locker room and the anchors getting crusted with gore. Heh, maybe you could get Nancy Grace to cover the losers’ locker room.
    Go ahead and fire Girardi. He’d still be getting off easy.

  8. Old Gator - Oct 24, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Sorry, they cut off my surname in the prior post in sacrifice to the gods of taste…or something.
    Another thing just occurred to me: how’d you like to be the captain of a Toltec ringball team if your general manager was Isaiah Thomas?

  9. bh0673 - Oct 25, 2009 at 8:37 AM

    Bobby Valentine? Are you on drugs.

  10. snits - Oct 25, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    You mentioned the alternatives were Hughes or Joba, but how about bringing in Robertson to pitch the 7th. If he was anywhere near as effective as he was in Game Three, he could have worked through the 7th, picked up an out in the 8th (or maybe bring in Coke for a batter) and hand the ball to Mo.
    I don’t know what Joe is doing because he has options and how about Chad G. coming in…he finished the season strong and as we have seen, anyone with a heartbeat can throw better than Joba right now. You can’t stick with what got you here because players have ups and downs in the season…the postseason is too short to let guys try to work through issues and that’s the reason Swisher (as much as I like him) needs to take a seat. Look at Torre in 2001, he benched Soriano who was his lead-off hitter all season. Let’s try to pull this one out tonight!!!

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